Top Stories of 2013 #8: Nalley gets two years after four died

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 28, 2013

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In February, a Fort Worth teenager received a two-year prison sentence from a Wise County jury after he pleaded guilty for causing an accident that killed four of his friends.

Danny Nalley, now 20, was charged with four counts of criminally negligent homicide.

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MAXIMUM SENTENCE – Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cavin Riggs leads Danny Nalley, 20, from the courthouse after he received two years in state jail last February for causing a wreck that killed four people in 2011. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The crash occurred about 3 a.m. July 23, 2011, on a rural, winding stretch of Farm Road 730 a few miles north of Decatur. The wreck claimed the lives of Kevin Brickey, 19, of Blue Mound; Vincent “Vinny” Williams, 19, of Wakefield, Mass.; Vincent Lagrassa, 19, of Fort Worth; and John D. Rangel, 16, of Highlands.

Investigators found Nalley had been speeding and passing in a no-passing zone when the wreck occurred. When he attempted to pass a group of friends in another car, he collided head-on with a pickup driven by Richard G. Rann, 31, of Burleson. Rann suffered from a bulging disk, nerve damage and post-traumatic stress disorder following the wreck.

Nalley pleaded guilty to all four charges and looked to a Wise County jury to assess the punishment. On Thursday, Feb. 7, after a day of testimony and a lengthy, suspenseful, two days of deliberation by the jury, he got the maximum sentence of two years in a state jail.

Update: Nalley was released four days after the sentence as his attorney filed an appeal. But the ruling was upheld, and Nalley was taken into custody again Nov. 3. He remains incarcerated as he serves his term.

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